|Irish bookmaker, Rodman bet on Pyongyang game
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he is hoping a basketball game he is organizing in North Korea could “engage'' the American people and US president Barack Obama.
“Sport is so important to people around the world so I hope this is going to engage the American people, especially Obama,'' the eccentric former Chicago Bulls star said at Beijing airport, on his way to Pyongyang.
Rodman is organizing an exhibition game between North Korea and a team of mainly ex-NBA players on January 8, to mark the birthday of Kim Jong Un who is
reported to be a keen basketball fan and especially of the Chicago Bulls, for whom Rodman played a key role in winning three NBA titles alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.
The Bulls give Kim and Obama one of the few things they can agree on.
Obama, a keen basketball player, is also known to be a die-hard fan of the Bulls who hail from the town where the US president forged his early political career.
The ex-NBA team is expected to be announced during Rodman's visit, his third of the year.
Accompanying Rodman to Pyongyang were Irish bookmakers and trip sponsors Paddy Power – which has said the match schedule had not been affected by political events – and a television documentary crew. --AP